(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/28/13) –Â The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on state law enforcement authorities and the FBI to investigate vandalism of a mosque sign in Burlington, Mass., with “USA” graffiti. CAIR said vandals targeted the sign for the Islamic Center of Burlington's sign using white spray paint.
“Islamophobic bigots often promote a false dichotomy between patriotism and the practice of Islam,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.
Hooper noted that CAIR recently called for a similar investigation of a possible bias motive for repeated acts of vandalism targeting a Muslim-owned business in Idaho.
He said CAIR will soon issue its annual report on Islamophobia, called “Legislating Fear: Islamophobia and its Impact in the United States.”
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The Washington-based civil rights group has called on local and national law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for similar acts of vandalism targeting mosques nationwide.
In May, CAIR began distributing new safety and security guidelines to mosques and other houses of worship nationwide. The new CAIR publication, “Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety,” was produced in response to recent bias attacks, including a series of incidents last year targeting American Muslim institutions.
Community leaders may request a free copy of CAIR's “Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety,” by going to: http://www.cair.com/mosque-safety-guide.html
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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